01 April 2014

More young people with hearing problems

More and more young people are experiencing hearing problems. Studies have shown an increasing number of young people with hearing loss and tinnitus. The reason for this can likely be found in the fact that young people often listen to loud music on their smartphones. Being overweight can also affect hearing, a study shows.

One in four has hearing loss
One in four 18-44-year-olds using headphones reports hearing problems, a study shows. According to an American study, one in four young New York adults aged 18-44 reports hearing loss and hearing problems are found in 23% of people who use headphones at a high volume at least five days a week for four hours a day.

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Researchers conclude that if young adults frequently use headphones at a loud volume, they should be prepared to deal with ringing in their ears or hearing loss as a result.

One in five has ringing ears
A study involving 4,000 Flemish students found that one in five teenagers has permanent ringing in their ears. The students were questioned about ringing in their ears and their attitudes towards loud noise and hearing protection. The study also found that three out of four kids experience temporary tinnitus and only 5% use any kind of hearing protection against loud noise, such as ear plugs.

Only a few teens took measures to protect their ears from loud noises and loud music. The researchers therefore urge parents to be aware of their children’s habits.

Young Norwegians
Norwegian youngsters increasingly suffer from reduced hearing. A report published by the Norwegian Armed Forces suggests that the number of soldiers who have problems with their hearing when joining the military has risen from 1% in 2008 to 7% in 2012.

The reason for this sudden growth in the number of cases is still unclear to the doctors who conducted the research.

Why do young people listen to loud music?
Danish researchers have investigated why young people listen to loud music.

The three most popular reasons for listening to loud music were: ”I can fell/enjoy music better when it is loud”, ”I can lose myself in loud music” and ”I get energy from listening to loud music”.

Obesity and hearing loss
Furthermore, being obese as a teenager makes you almost twice as likely to develop a low-frequency hearing loss, according to a study from Columbia University's Medical Center.

The results of the study revealed that more than 15% of obese adolescents, obese being defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of over 95 percentile, experienced sensorineural hearing loss. In comparison, less than 8% of non-obese teens suffered from a hearing loss.

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